A priest celebrating the funeral Mass of 21-year-old student and part-time model Deirdre Lynch, who died suddenly at the weekend, wondered if she had taken inspiration in her life from Live While We’re Young, a song by her much-loved One Direction.
Throughout the funeral, references were made to her zest for life, wide circle of friends, her close relationship with her family, passion for social networking, fashion and music.
Fr Noel Kehoe said he wondered if Live While We’re Young was written for her as “she packed more into her life than most of us would if we lived until 80 years”.
Deirdre was working at Eco Restaurant in Douglas when she collapsed on Saturday. Paramedics rushed to the restaurant but she never regained consciousness.
Her eulogy was given by four of her friends. They told how walking from one end of University College Cork to the other “took ages” with Deirdre as she kept on stopping to say hello to people.
Another filled the church with laughter when she recounted how it was a waste of time hoping to meet a guy when out with Deirdre, as all the men immediately fell for “the stunner”.
They said Deirdre had a fantastic relationship with mother Maire, telling her everything that was going on in her and their lives.
But Deirdre was a daddy’s girl, they claimed. Each day, her father, Kevin, bought her a bar of chocolate and every time they hopped into a taxi after a night out, Deirdre inevitably asked the driver: “Do you know my dad, Kevin Lynch?” Her father had been a taximan.
Her older sister Kate silenced the church as she described her love for Deirdre. “First and foremost, Deirdre was my little sister and I could not ask for a better one... I would have done anything for her and still would today. We all love you Deirdre. Look after us.”
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